It seems, in the words of Michael Caine, that not a lot of people knew the UK had a renewables target to reach in 2010 – most of the chatter is about 2020.
But we did – a target of 10% had been set for 2010.
The bad news is that according to data from the DECC and Ofgem, the UK only managed to produce 6.5% of electricity from renewable sources.
So where does that leave us?
The director of the Renewable Energy Foundation reckons that the figures show the 2020 target of 15% is “plainly beyond reach”.
Instead, he’s suggesting the present target-led renewable policy be replaced.
And despite all the Government incentives and the uptake of solar energy, the news gets worse.
2010 saw a 6% drop in onshore wind energy production from 27% in 2009 to just 21% in 2010.
You can read the DECC report here.
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